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F1 pondering a 'league table' for circuits?

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15/02/2018

The latest proposal from F1 is either a very early April Fool or a sign that the sport's powers that be are losing the plot.

Technical boss Ross Brawn reveals that as F1 seeks to increase the calendar, he would like to see a "league table" whereby some races could be dropped in favour of others.

"The crucial thing is the quality of the race," he tells British Airways' Business Life magazine. "There's no value in just putting the number of races up.

"But if we can provide great races in great locations throughout the world, then we should consider it," he adds.

"I'd love to see in the future a league table of races, where over time we've got a waiting list of top-class circuits and promoters that are waiting to get into Formula 1, and then if there's any race that is not working well, you relegate that and put a strong race in."

Now, can anyone really see the likes of Abu Dhabi, one of the most unpopular circuits on the calendar - but one that also pays one of the highest fees to host a race, and has a contract - being dropped in favour of Assen, or Bahrain or Baku demoted to make way for Zandvoort?

To even suggest an idea that is beyond parody gives the impression that this particular asylum is already being run by the patients, or at the very least the sport’s powers that be take F1 fans for gullible mugs.

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1. Posted by Steve W, 18/02/2018 9:08

"Give it a little more time... We're going to miss Bernie and CVC."

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2. Posted by Mad Matt, 16/02/2018 13:14

"I think the crux of the matter is this bit "if there's any race that is not working well". Working well from my perspective or, as Chris suggests, bringing in enough money for Chase and pals?

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3. Posted by Editor, 15/02/2018 18:57

"As Mike Lawrence always said; Follow the money...

And that was before Liberty appeared on the scene."

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4. Posted by ryanhellyer, 15/02/2018 18:39

"You are making too many assumptions here. Obviously a race which pays millions is not going to be dropped for a race which requires millions. But they make drop a race which pays slightly less millions in favour of one which pays slightly more. I don't see any reason why this system wouldn't work."

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5. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 15/02/2018 17:55

"And never mind that you have a contract for X years to stage a race - maybe the "promoted" circuit could transfer the funds for breaking that contract to the "relegated" track??

I've just discovered another reason I don't use BA for my regular transatlantic flights."

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